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About Marino Ristorante
Marino Ristorante is deeply rooted in the idea of doing all things the right way. Today the family owned restaurant, is giving its welcoming by Mario, Jr. and mom, Maria. The room is simple. A wall of glass, softened by out of door planters full of ficus, faces the famous Melrose Avenue. The soft colored walls, starched white linen cloths, the silver sugar caddy and votive holders and subdued oil paintings all come together to create its appeal. And then there is the food. Ciro, Mario and Sal were the first of the handful of chefs who are out daily in the early morning markets personally selecting the ingredients for the menu and seeking out the most interesting and pristine items for the specials. Placing yourselves in Mario’s hands for the tasting menus proves to be a wise decision. Also known for his knowledge of wines Mario will recommend the menu and wines to best meet your dining expectations. The Marino wine list has been repeatedly an award winner by Wine Spectator.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Mario Jr. will be happy to customize a menu to service you in large or small event setting to meet your expectations and work with your budget.
Please pull in drive way located on Melrose Avenue, where valet parking attendees will greet you.
Banquet, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
We can accommodate dinner parties up to 40 people in Marino's Private dining room. Our off site capacity is to meet your needs.
Marino Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
Our reservation was for 5:30 pm (for three persons). An early Saturday eve dinner.
We got there exactly on time, the restaurant was pretty much empty, but the host insisted that we go through the kitchen into a room in the back that lacked decor and the ambiance was more like my grandmother's dining room. I told him i did not like the room, and he apologized and gave me an excuse that the other room would be too noisy, rather than telling me the truth.. they had overbooked! In an effort to be accommodating, we stayed on and ordered the food and ordered a high end wine. The wine list is wonderful and reasonable. I explained that one of our guests cannot tolerate salt, and asked the server to recommend dishes that the chef can make with no salt, or ensure that salt is not added (heart pumping issues with sodium, and an important issue). The veal with fungi dish that we ended up ordering was so salty that it is unimaginable. The two of us that can tolerate salt could not handle it, and the person that cannot tolerate salt could not touch the dish. Thankfully the appetizers and the pasta course were good, so that we did not leave the table starving.
All in all a poor dining experience. The ambiance that you see on the website is not what we got. The the first two courses were fine, but the main course could have been a great dish if they had not over salted. I will not return to this place... there are so many other wonderful restaurants in LA, and it is a shame.
Went for Valentine’s Day. Food was delicious, for both of us. Early reservation so was only a few couples when we got seated. Staff was very attentive. Value wise on the higher end of options for Valentine’s Day so if not a special date night probably can do better elsewhere.
I simply love this place.
It’s my favorite and one of the best Italian restaurants in Los Angeles.
Food is exceptional and always prepared with the freshest ingredients. The service is exemplary as well as there wines selections.
I would recommend this restaurant for a great lunch or evening out with friends or business associates.
We love the food here and service is always attentive without being intrusive. It's just too noisy to carry on conversations which makes it difficult to enjoy everything. We were also seated in a table in the middle of the dining room which had the wait staff occasionally bumping the back of our chairs as they passed through to other tables which is not pleasant but for the food we would return over and over again.
This is one of our favorite restaurants in LA; the fish is always the freshest around and Sal Marino is a master chef and prepares it beautifully. Mario,his brother, is a great host! Be sure and ask for their off menu pizza bread. Their business lunch at $25 is a great bargain.
Wonderful spot with a truly charismatic host and chef that make you feel right at home. Friendly but unobtrusive waiters and bussers. And truly spectacular food, ranging from California Italian with tomatoes from Chef Sal's garden to wonderfully hearty lasagna. Love this spot!
The place is very old and tired with filthy carpet. I asked for grilled chicken on my salad which they gladly added. The chicken was horrible and I put it in a separate dish and didn't eat it. The waiter clearly saw me doing that because there was only one other person eating alone in the restaurant and the waiter was just watching us with his hands behind his back. He never came over to ask why I put the chicken aside and am not eating it even though I asked for it. He clearly knew I didn't like it but kept it quite. I left hungry and had a $60 bill!
An upper West side neighborhood vibe. NIce atmosphere. Full bar although not a destination for only drinks. We were there for almost 2.5 hours with great service and no feeling of being rushed even though the place was packed. Wife and I were there for the first time and really enjoyed our evening. Great food. Fantastic service as stated. We'll be back.
The food at Marino was outstanding. We went for dinner before a show at the Pantages and it was also our 20th Annniversary. Despite putting the information about our anniversary in our reservation on Open Table the owner and staff did not acknowledge this. That was definitely disappointing, but the staff was attentive and we were extremely pleased with our appetizers and main dishes.
This restaurant is a gem! The owner, Chef and entire staff make you feel like a guest in their home. The food is so fresh and amazingly tasty. Truly authentic Italian cuisine using the flavors of each season. It’s nice for a romantic date, a dinner with couples and friends, and they even have a separate room for private parties. We have gone to this restaurant for all occasions. The Chef, is extremely creative with fresh seasonal tastes that burst in your mouth. Try it once, and you too will be back again and again!
First time dining at this restaurant so we were looking forward to it so much! However, we felt very rushed during the whole night. The waiter made us to order everything at once since kitchen is busy... We were going to order appetizer first then think about entrees.. they couldn't accommodate that. Also, didn't allow us to taste the wine instead just brought the bottle of wine and opened it.. what if we didn't like the wine?
Plus, the server never asked how we would like to have our steaks cooked.
It was just a not a pleasant dining experience.
Our family have been to Marino's on multiple occasions - just regular dinner out and special occasions like birthdays and New Year's Eve - and it never fails to be excellent. Monday's excursion was for my mother's 94 birthday, and they treated her nicely, and made it just a really special night out, and that doesn't even take into account the excellent food, presentation, and overall ambiance. I would recommend Marino's to anyone who likes a great italian meal,
Marino Restaurant is by far the best Italian food you can experience in the Los Angeles area. Classy and upscale, yet cute and romantic. Family owned. Exquisite meal choices to leave your taste buds begging for more. And even better than the incredibly food is the people who work there. Any night we go to Marino's we are treated special, as if we too were family. Now that's Italian!!!
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